Grimdark Compendium Masterclass: Make Up Your Own Way

The Grimdark Compendium Masterclass is here to teach you how to streamline your creative process with our “Method Development” technique to get the most out of your time at the hobby table. Learn how to take your painting inspirations and ideas from just ideas to fully recognized and well-developed painting, modeling and weathering recipes, and application processes. Breakthrough creative skill ceilings with our “Understanding and Application Studies” technique and learn how to take this knowledge and forge your own take on the Grimdark Style.

In each video, I will show you the process that I use to take a project from concept to complete; all while you are following along, doing assignments, coming up with your own ideas, executing them, and by the end of the masterclass, you will have your very own fully completed project…or the understanding to do just that.

Skill Level: Advanced

Number of Videos: 13

Categories: Masterclass


1. Getting Started – Safety Guidelines and Recommended Materials

2. Into the Dark – Grimdark Style Explained, Finding Inspiration, and Concepting

3. Design Theory 1 – Rough Drafts Designs

4. Design Theory 2 – Conceptual Environment Design

5. Design Theory 3 – Understanding Environmental Effects and Weathering Applications

6. Design Theory 4 – Mottling and Surface Variation

7. Design Theory 5 – Being Bold and Creating New Techniques

8.Course Review – Prepare for Masterclass Project

9. Demo Part 1 – Surface Variations

10. Demo Part 2 – More Surface Variations

11. Demo Part 3 – Finishing Steps, Environmental Effects, and OSL

12. Demo Part 4 – Weathering

13. Masterclass Final – Method for Development Overview


Click on the headers below to find the recommended materials used in this course.

Some items may be a bit difficult to find, but a little internet searching usually finds you everything you’ll need.

Acrylic Paint

I would recommend that you build up a collection of paints from the various manufacturers over time. I tend to use a little bit of everything from all the popular paint makers, including Citadel, Vallejo, and AK Interactive. However, I will note that the paints I personally use the most are from Citadel, Vallejo, or my own Mixes.

Acrylic Inks and Washes

I recommend the full range of Citadel Shade Washes. I will list the ones I use the most often below, as well as a few Vallejo Inks.

  • Coelia Greenshade
  • Carroburg Crimson
  • Reikland Fleshshade
  • Nuln Oil
  • Agrax Earth Shade
  • Vallejo Black Ink
  • Vallejo Red Ink

Weathering Enamels and Washes

  • Streaking Grime AK7001 (From the Locomotive and Carriage Set AK7000)
  • Streaking Grime AK012
  • Rust Streaks AK013
  • Rust Streaks AK7002 (From the Locomotive and Carriage Set AK7000)
  • Dark Brown Wash AK045
  • Light Rust Wash AK046
  • Crusted Rust Deposits AK4110
  • Decay and Abandoned Weathering Set AK4180
  • Slimy Grime Light AK026
  • Slimy Grime Dark AK027
  • Dust Effects AK015

Pigment Powders

Any brand will do. I prefer Abteilung502 and Vallejo Pigments

  • Light Rust
  • Dark Rust/Dark Ochre
  • Light Yellow Ochre or Bone Dust
  • Black Soot
  • Medium Earth Or Medium Brown
  • Faded Green
  • Rubble Dust

Abteilung502 Oils

  • Smoke
  • Neutral Grey
  • Dark Mud
  • Industrial Earth
  • Buff
  • Light Flesh Tone
  • Basic Flesh Tone
  • Faded Flesh Tone
  • Shadow Flesh Tone
  • Red Primer
  • Warm Red
  • Dark Rust
  • Light Rust
  • Turquoise Lights
  • Blue Green
  • Copper Patina Oxide
  • Magenta
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Blood
  • Starship Filth
  • Dead Flesh
  • Magic Potion For Brushes
  • Magic Gel for Brushes

True Metals by Ak Interactive

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Gold
  • Old Bronze
  • Steel
  • Silver
  • Gun Metal


  • Windsor Newton Series 7 sizes 0-4 Traditional
  • Windsor Newton Series 7 sizes 1-6 Miniature
  • Royal and Langnickel Golden Talkon Set
  • Royal and Langnickel Camel Hair Set
  • Various cheap brush bundles from local hobby stores

Various Tools and Solvents

  • Wool Dobbers
  • Various Palette Knifes
  • Mold Line Removers
  • Iwata HPCS Eclipse Airbrush
  • Paasche H-3as Single Action Airbrush
  • Iwata Smart Jet Pro Studio Compressor
  • Isopropyl Alcohol 99%
  • Klean Strip Odorless Mineral Spirits or White Spirits
  • Klean Strip Lacquer Thinner
  • Distilled Water
  • Bulk Two-Part Modeling Compound for Basing. I use Aves Apoxie Sculpt
  • Green Stuff
  • 1/4 inch Cork Board
  • Plasticard Sheets


  1. Ricky Trott

    Awesome, thank you for all your teaching 🙂

  2. Chris Shaw

    This is amazing series!


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